Today we are looking at Space Marine Dreadnoughts!
Dreadnoughts are machines constructed to be both walking tombs and mobile battle stations for a mortally wounded Space Marine.
Generally if a Space Marine has provided exceptional service to his chapter and is seriously wounded the chapter may elect to bestow upon that Space Marine the honor of continuing to serve the chapter in the form of a Dreadnought.
This is considered a great honor and Dreadnoughts are feared and respected for the extensive combat experience and expertise they can provide to the chapter, having honed their skills through both life and death.
The interred Space Marine is housed within what is known as the Sarcophagus within the Dreadnought, which is basically a giant life support system keeping what is left (it might not be much) of that Space Marine functional and connected to the rest of the machine. The space marine literally becomes one with Dreadnought
When Dreadnoughts are not needed in battle or for other duties such as advising its chapter on issues related to its expertise, Dreadnoughts are typically left to sleep away the years, decades or even centuries until they are needed again....
The above picture depicts a Dreadnought from the Black Templar Space Marine Chapter tearing apart a Chaos Space Marine and holding the rest back with its Auto Cannon. The bottom picture is a Dreadnought holding of a group of Tyranids with an Auto Cannon and a Claw.
It should be noted that although these two dreadnoughts have very similar weaponry dreadnoughts can be outfitted with all sorts of members ranging from heavy flamers to laser cannons, extra armor and the list goes on.
In my next couple of post i am going to take the Dreadnought further and look at the various load outs chapters employ to their Dreadnoughts and how they fit in with the Codex and the various chapters methods, as well as venerable dreadnoughts.
Friday, 13 January 2012
So today I wanted to start looking at the Traitor Legions, specifically how they looked before and after the Horus Heresy.
This is a Pre Heresy Alpha Legion Space Marine. The Alpha Marine pictured is in the Alpha Legion traditional colors and heraldry, purple armor and a big A with chains through the middle on their right shoulder as heraldry.
Although the "Alpha" Legion the Legions traditional number is 20 and is unique amongst the original Space Marine Legions in that they had two Primarch's, Alpharius and his twin brother Omegon.
This picture is taken from the cover of "Legion - Secrets and Lies" by Dan Abnett.
Recently the Alpha Marines have appeared in several book and computer games, most notably the Dawn of War series where they have played the Antagonist on multiple occasions.
The legion is devoted to Chaos Undivided which makes it well suited to sowing the seeds of Chaos throughout the Imperium of man, why limit yourself to the corruption of a single Chaos God when you can branch out and corrupt with power of all four!
Friday, 6 January 2012
The Rubric Marines themselves are but suites of armor which can follow orders, having lost their bodies and free will during a failed incantation meant to purge the marines of mutation, cast by the Chief Sorcerer Librarian of the Thousand Sons Ahriman.
Their Armor and lore is one of my favourites in Warhammer 40k due its uniqueness, these marines make being a soulless husk look damn good indeed.
Sunday, 25 September 2011
This is a drawing of the Primarch Sanguinius infront of The Eternity Gate. The Eternity Gate is a massive door constructed from adamantium with a gold outer layer. It is the door to the inner palace on Holy Terra (Earth).
This drawing is at the height of the Horus Heresy when the traitor legions were bearing down on the imperial palace. Things were getting desperate, the loyalist space marines had fallen back to the inner palace under the pure foracity and horror of the assault, their brothers had turned against them and they were being nuked from orbit. Bad day.
No one seemed willing to defend The Eternity gate.. no one except Sanguinius. Alone he held back legions of daemon and traitor alike giving The Emperor time to break through the shields surrounding Horus's Battle Barge, giving an oppurtunity for the loyalist to teleport aboard and take the fight to Horus.
Thats pritty bad ass.
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
In the mean time, have this Black Templar. His the man. Notice the shape of the power sword and the crown on his head? I highly doubt those two things are cannon but his absolutely amazing none the less.
Monday, 5 September 2011
Friday, 2 September 2011
Here we have a picture of an Emperor Class Battleship, although it may look quite similiar to the Retribution class the Emperor class has alot more squadrans of attack fighters however has less cannons etc whether the retribution class is more of a ship of the line and likes to get up beside the enemy and blast it with those broad side cannons you see. This pacticular Emperor Class is the Divine Right and is the flagship for Battlefleet Artemis. Coming up next will be an explanation of sectors, sub sectors and segmentums. I am almost positive this picture comes from one of the Battlefleet Gothic rulebooks.
Space Marines also have various ships but we'll deal with them in their own post!
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
This artwork was created by a concept artist named Chris Bourassa
I am all about giving credit to the artist i post, its just a pitty i have had trouble tracking them down. Although i finnally found one!
Monday, 29 August 2011
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
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Saturday, 20 August 2011
One of my favourite images. This is a Space Marine or Adeptus Astartes Chaplain from the Black Templars Chapter. His wielding a power sword in his right hand and a bolter in his left. You can tell his from the Black Templars because of the black cross on his left shoulder which kinda looks like the contemporary Maltese cross. His armor is more intricate then normal space marine armor so its probably artificer armor which is common for chaplains. Furthermore he has a rosarious above his head and his helmet is skull shaped another indicator of a chaplain.